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>> you're at the listening post. this week, bangkok within the'p sequel, the players, the protestors and the media's role in the power struggle. drones, they don't just operate in the dark over pakistan.  news stories in istanbul. journalists, more than 50 of them take a beating in key every. it's a phone, it's not a lifestyle. >> the streets of bangkok have been teeming with protestors. the media are a big part of the story. the demonstrators are demanding the removal of of the sister of a one time cable t.v. magnate who was prime minister until he was deposed in a coupe in 2006.
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he used his media holdings to beam message to say thailand and call people on to the streets. this time it has been spearheaded by the pdrc. they say he is pulling the strings from dubai. pdrc protestors aren't just going off the his government, they have been demanding t.v. stations broadcast their political statements in their in tighter. thailand is not the only country that has a fractionalized media space. the movement is called another twist in the thai political story. our starting point is bangkok.
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>> the news divide in tie you land lies between what is reported on the countries six analog t.v. chan else, five owned by the government or the military and what is delivered digitally through another 48 chan else privately owned. the two sides tell different versions of the movement. >> political con frontation in thailand, the media is deeply divided themselves. supporters mobilized thousands of t.v. stations. they want more favorable stories.
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>> i see reflecting intimidation to the people through the media. he wasn't getting a fair share of the broadcast. most t.v. chan else are under government control. that's why the people's army felt the need to do that. >> the yellow shirts have been planning for this day, waiting for the moment. the yellow shirts have mobilized and part of the plan is to quickly paralyze the thai economy, government and6j >> the=v protestors converged on
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the t.v. stations controlled by the government and insisted that their broadcast tell their side in full. >> back in 2010, during the red shirt protests, they were the opposition, the protestors who wanted to bring back taxing. the media outlets the government had at its proposal. when his sister won the 2011 election, now it's the new opposition on the streets. >> the media from thai land is deeply divided by the confrontation within the faction that believes in him.
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they see him as an agent for broader reform there is a political conflict. the division in the media will play out very strongly. >> you've seen different factions, political factions representing the polarization of thai politics. they're trying to establish their power through the media. the blue sky channel has cleared connections. a number of others have cleared political factions. >> that doesn't just apply to the national media. it extends into the provinces and other towns and cities in;f
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thailand where you'll find t.v. stations and their only purpose is to broadcast messages about a political group they're aligned with and spend time criticizing the opposition. >> during the unrest in 2010, he was in compile, but visible in video messages, exhorting protestors to hit the streets. these days, he is out of sight, avoiding the perception that he is the power behind his sister's government. the international media portray thailand as two camps, wealthy thais who oppose the chinewats and farmland, who back whoever the family puts on the ballot. >> the family has a great deal of support from the north, from the rural. >> the story as usual is more complex than that.
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>> the dynamic business class has fundamentally challenged. he is presented as like the face of the future. he is very good at portraying himself on t.v. >> he remains powerful because he has become so rich. the political crisis in thighland is complicate. i think it's very difficult for most people to understand, let alone for the media to describe it in simple terms. it does boil down to in a lot of cases this analogy that it is the rich versus the poor and there are truths to that, but it is also about a very small group of waley people centered in bangkok, the capital city and about a small group of wealthy people who come from other areas, these two groups battling for control of the country.
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>> the international news agency tend to focus on that usual between the rich and poor. it is a new dynasty in itself. a lot of people said that this is not democratic, this is a dynasty establishing itself on a widespread nepotism, cronyism and a huge amount of wealth. >> global village voices on the media side of the political story in thailand. >> most of free t.v. radio are owned by the military. some satellite t.v. are funded t that the leader of understand the fact that who controls the media controls the
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mind of the people. >> we have to rely that the media are a very important film in the cultural struggle in the kingdom of thailand. thailand is an ideological society where propaganda is funneled through the media especially television. both sides of the on going crisis are harming the professional media.
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>> in ukraine, the largest demonstrations seen in nearly a decade. protestors have demanded the resignation of the president because of his government's refusal to sign a deal that would forge closer links with the e.u. at least 51 local and international journalists have been injured and had their equipment damaged while covering the story. this clip shows riot police beating a cameraman. the victim said the guy who tried to save me was shouting he's press, leave him alone. this had no effect. our victims, including a local journalist was beaten and a reuters journalist was beaten. a day after the worst of the protests. one interview was given which aired on four different channels in which he played down the protests. in pakistan, three have been wounded on an attack on a newspaper group, the second time
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this year that organization has been targeted. gunman hurled two hand grenades at the express media group. the taliban leadwf the list of suspects and motives being matted include some positive coverage a contradict player was given from india on the occasion of his retirement. pakistan's federal union of journalists condemned the attacks and called for the culprits to be caught. none of those who murdered journalists in the past 10 years have been brought to justice. in egypt, two bloggers have become victim of the new law against protests in the country. they were arrested within days of each other after the authorities accused them of vitalling a recently adopted protest law. that law came into effect last
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month, banning anyone from demonstrating without first notifying the pleas. he was arrested after organizing a rally in cairo. following his arrest, another man was arrested for his role in a recent protest. on these developments, human rights watch said all this is to be seen in the crock down that's been going on for three or four months now. there's zero sense that this is wrong and that we should not be doing this in the new egypt. there is a tough defense of the newspaper's role about publishing stories about mass
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intelligence. during the hour long session, he was forced to defend his patriotism. he argued it was in the public interest to expose the snooping. when asked why the guardian has been attacked over the story, he said shooting the messenger is the oldest diversionary story in the book. following russ bridge's testimony, the same committee announced it had summoned andrew parker, the head have mi5 to defend his claims. parker will face questioning this coming week. >> when someone says the word drone, it is usually followed by the word strike. given the stories we keep hearing out of pakistan and
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yemen, we've become conditioned to think of drones as weapons of war. they are also becoming tools of the jumpistic trade. more and more news stories, particularly those on television now include video shot by drones. there are still a lot of issues to be worked out, some techological, some ethical, but drones are becoming part of the news gathering process and because they can provide a different perspective, you can bet they are here to stay. we will talk about some of of the pit falls. >> in the philippines, a camera carried by an unmanned vehicle floats overhead, high enough to capture the scale of the destruction. the footage, shot by a bridge freelancer was picked up by cnn, who hired him to shoot their
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report enon the scene.y1 >> in the hands of journalists is quite significant. if you want to show widespread damage after a disaster, drones can help. >> you can really give a whole different illustrative angle to the coverage you're trying to produce. >> it's at political protests where drones are getting closest to where news is breaking. a drone shot the protests in bangkok and quickly you became part of the mainstream media coverage. in the occupy protest in 2011, journalist tim poole first saw how a drone could help report times of civil unrest. >> i've known about drones and remote control airplanes. it wasn't until this particular
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protest in boston, where the police formed a line and were blocking the press from being able to films arrests behind them that i started to think what can i do that's legal to circumvent their blockade. a friend of my suggested we grab a couple of these drones, get an aerial shot. totally legal, we'll get a better vantage point. how can we incorporate this. >> in the protests in turkey, when 10 was thousands of people were clashing with police, i did not see a single news camera flying over the place. >> there was another guy goes by the name of jenks on line who used a d.j.i. phantom like this where he flew around a protest in istanbul, turkey and was getting amazing shots of confrontations between the police and protestors.
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>> so in that case, the aerial shots from the drones were the only ones we got off the whole park, and they were, i mean, as far as i know, they were just put on you tube and websites. >> i believe on the second day that he was flying it around, police shot it out of the sky. you can hear some weapon fire and then it just falls to the ground. >> drones can be sensitive over political situations. in the world of commercial photographer and footage, the argument has been settled. drone pilot toby has never flown his to cover breaking news. he puts cameras in the sky for corporate customers instead. >> we've got a varied range of sidelines, ranging from the likes of rolls royce when it comes to drones. they want to put a camera into a
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position which hasn't been possible before, helicopters are restricted how low they can fly. because we make a lot less noise, it means we are enough more responsive. >> news organizations will pay for access. drone technology is tremendously cheaper. the model i use is only a few hundred dollars, it can be flown with a mobile app. the point of entry as which a journalist can figure how to use it is very low and the cost very low. >> journalists armed with available drones have already run into the long arm of the law. in june, a africa newsman was arrested. >> in august with, police in switzerland were caught by a photographer. in both cases, journalists were criticized for chasing famous
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>> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz in new york. merrill newman is back on u.s. soil. the korean war veteran has his long-awaited homecoming after being detained in north korea. >> cheers greet french troops in the central african republic. >> finally as a family we are humbled by the messages of condolence and support that we receive from government and people of the world. >> the family of nelson mandela makes its first statement since his death as the